Angela Rayner attacked the Prime Minister over ‘Partygate’ fines yesterday – despite the fact that she is under investigation for allegedly breaking lockdown rules.
Scotland Yard reported that the number of Whitehall illegal gatherings fines has doubled to over 100. However, there was no additional penalty for Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie.
Sir Keir Starmer and Mrs Rayner, his deputy, have both pledged to resign if Durham Constabulary fines them over the force’s ‘Beergate’ investigation into a gathering at the Durham Miners Hall on April 30 last year.
Despite the probe into her own actions, Mrs Rayner said: ‘Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has now reached a century of fixed-penalty notices for their partying.
‘They have racked up the dubious distinction of receiving more fines on the Prime Minister’s watch than any other location.
Fines are being assessed against the Shadow Chancellor for a gathering that was similar to Sir Keir Starmer, Labour leader
Labour dismissed an election “booze row” after Sir Keir Sterner had a beer following a long day of campaigning in April 2021.
‘Boris Johnson made the rules, and then broke them at record-breaking scale.
‘Britain deserves better.’
Johnson acknowledged that Johnson was fined for hosting his birthday celebration at Downing Street on June 2020 and promised to disclose any other fines.
Carrie Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Unak and Carrie Johnson were all fined after Mr Johnson was said be surprise with a cake.
Police are still investigating a dozen events, but it is not clear when they will conclude their investigation.
Senior civil servant Sue Gray will not publish her report into the parties until all police fines have been handed out – despite the fact Scotland Yard is unlikely to carry out any further interviews.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister was penalized for attending a birthday party at Downing Street in June 2020. Since then, Johnson has not been fined again.
To avoid any influence on the evidence of interviewees, the force demanded that the report not be published during its ongoing investigation.
The interviews are believed to be over, although the Metropolitan Police won’t confirm it.
Scotland Yard said yesterday: ‘As of May 12, Operation Hillman, the investigation into breaches of Covid-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street, has made more than 100 referrals for fixed-penalty notices.
‘These referrals have continued to be made throughout the period since our last update on April 12, and the investigation remains live.’
The Prime Minister’s spokesman confirmed that Mr Johnson had not been issued with another fine.
He said: ‘You’ll know that the Prime Minister has on a number of occasions apologised and made clear that there were things we simply did not get right, and that he is sorry for how this matter has been handled.
“Obviously, this remains the case.” He will have more to say at the conclusion… and when the Sue Gray report is published.’